Originally published in a CMI newsletter, November 2017
Creation ministry, which directly challenges the ruling ‘scientific’ paradigms of the day, is a tough gig, as supporters of CMI and fellow creationists appreciate. Because many mistakenly believe that creationists are anti-science, the doors (including many church doors) are often closed to the message that real science supports the biblical view of creation.
We can add that we oppose mainstream and popular views—arguing that there was no big bang, the universe is not 14 billion years old, older alien life did not evolve on other planets, and no alien life has ever visited Earth. Furthermore, aliens have not stealthily abducted people in the middle of the night—even though millions of people have seen UFOs and have claimed such abduction experiences. This is all part of ‘The UFO phenomenon’.
At CMI we have long pointed out that what we believe determines the way we view facts. The facts are interpreted within the frame of one’s worldview, and then is used as ‘evidence’ for such a worldview. It’s the same with the UFO phenomenon. For millennia, people have seen strange things in the sky that seemingly defy naturalistic interpretations. And people interpret these experiences to align with their pre-existing worldview:
The UFO believer would claim these are spaceships from another planet or galaxy, far, far away.
The UFO skeptic would say that science shows this is impossible, therefore it must have a naturalistic explanation (such as ball lightning) or it is a secret government craft.
Many Christians will try to explain everything within a spiritual framework, even though there might be naturalistic explanations.
So, how does one understand what these alleged visitors are—what is their source?
Secular film agents endorse the movie!
On viewing early drafts of the movie, CMI-USA’s theatrical agents at Kaos Connect (KaosConnect.com) had their own eyes opened and were able to fully grasp what this phenomenon is really all about. They wrote:
“Narrated by John Schneider, the documentary, Alien Intrusion, Unmasking a Deception leaves no stone unturned, like the Amazon top-50 best-selling book that preceded it… equally compelling, thought provoking & surprising. The producers of this film are absolute in their belief that the experiences of ‘abductees’ recounted in this film are REAL….but the theory about these experiences and ‘alien visits’ challenges the status quo of prevalent beliefs as to exactly who these ‘aliens’ are and what they want with us. With Ph.D. precision, the science is in-depth and logical as are the perspectives shared by MUFON and other UFO researchers. But the most mesmerizing part of the film are the first-hand accounts told by actual ‘abductees’ whose personal experiences send chills down the spine of anyone watching. The film-maker expertly weaves together familiar components before exposing an unfamiliar set of theories that will resonate with believers and non-believers alike.”
Facts that cannot be disputed!
Using this seemingly strange topic, we believe we can hit a home run for the truth of Creation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The UFO/sci-fi subject matter is hugely popular, accounting for most of the highest-grossing movies and most-watched TV shows of all time. However, many Christians do not understand this potential; let me explain why.
While millions of people have seen physics-defying aerial maneuvers in the sky, one cannot ‘lasso’ a UFO to conduct empirical scientific tests on it. But millions of people all over the world (yes, it really is that many) claim to have been visited by extraterrestrial beings. However, there is a large and singular group of people who seem to be exempt from such experiences, and they are Bible-believing evangelicals who profess to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. So, quite simply, this is a major reason that most Christians are unaware of this phenomenon occurring around them.
We’ve been showing drafts of the movie to some pastors and leaders, and the revelation of this truth is impacting them. Immediately after viewing the film Dr John Hull (Pastor of a large Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA) told me, “Every pastor and Christian counselor needs to see this movie.” He subsequently wrote:
“Beautifully produced, Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception is expertly scripted and biblically bold. The long and credible list of eyewitnesses move the film toward an essential question: ‘What are the origins of these unidentified and mysterious beings?’ The truth is a powerful confirmation of the reality of Scripture.”
No longer can it be written off as just a Christian interpretation
Christians are generally exempt from these experiences because they are spiritual in nature, and the enemy has no power over those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ. And amazingly, this spiritual aspect is something also attested to by the non-Christian UFO researchers, although they would say that these entities (note not ‘aliens’) are visitors from another realm or unseen dimension. And all the serious UFO experts agree that these entities are deceptive; they hide their true intentions and are not what we commonly think of as ETs. Moreover, they all agree that people’s worldviews are changed because of the experience with these ‘interdimensional liars’.
But many of these experiencers were set free from the lies. Due to some Christian upbringing, or from receiving information about the true nature of the phenomenon, they were able to bring an end to their experiences. I’ve now met hundreds of such people over the years, but interviewing them for the film left a dramatic mark on me and my cameraman, Murphy. Because we asked them to recount their experiences, it was often traumatic for them, and subsequently us. It deeply reinforced why we made this movie, as it really doesn’t matter whether you or I think it is real or not; it was real to them. These are hurting people who have often been rejected by family and friends due to their experience, and the church should be the obvious place for people who are being spiritually afflicted to go. The personal testimonies give the film incredible power; as ‘abductees’ explain that Jesus Christ was the only one who could halt their experience and welcome them into His open arms.
There is only one logical conclusion
Be forewarned, if you take your non-Christian friends to see the film, they will be presented with one logical and inescapable conclusion, and one that cannot be claimed to be a ‘narrow’ Christian view. Our view lines up with, and is the only one that makes sense of, the phenomenon when considering the firsthand testimonies of experiencers—something all the leading UFO researchers acknowledge, but, sadly, conveniently ignore. Even secular reviewers have acknowledged that while there are literally hundreds of UFO type movies out there —Alien Intrusion stands alone. For example:
“As a long-time investigator of the UFO phenomenon (since 1961), I have come across hundreds of so-called UFO ‘documentaries’ over the years. But nothing comes even close to the ultimate, hard-core truth presented in this brilliant, profound new film: Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception. The accuracy of documented facts arranged throughout such a wide range of content in this film is simply unprecedented and staggering. This is a must-see film not only for those who are interested in this real but deceptive phenomenon but also for the public-at-large who have never thought about it from this angle. I can guarantee that this film will open the eyes of everyone that views it. It will completely change one's worldview and will lead to a deeper understanding (and for many, a re-confirmation) of what the truth is.”
—Norio Hayakawa, Director: UFO researcher. The Civilian Intelligence Network and former member of NICAP and APRO
So, it is important for us all to be informed on this subject. By making this movie we have made it incredibly easy for you to share the Gospel. Take a friend or family member to see it and let the film, with the empowering of the Holy Spirit, do its work. We look forward to hearing from you for your comments on the film and from those you take along.
It is right in the church’s ballpark
I’ll leave you with one more endorsement from Pastor Scott Gallatin who hosts a major annual Calvary Chapel pastor’s conference each year in New York.
“The brothers and sisters at CMI have been tremendous ministry partners over the years. They have provided so much for the Church with their research, articles, books and movies. … At first, a Christian might think ‘What does Creation have to do with Aliens?’ My answer to that is much, as it gets to the heart of the Gospel through and through. The first half showed how humanity has been conditioned by movies and books to believe in extraterrestrial intelligence. The second half is the part that was very moving and convicting as Gary demonstrated a pastoral heart of compassion for the millions who have had their worldview shattered by these ‘alien’ encounters. As a pastor, it gave me a whole new heart and appreciation for those who have been deceived. ‘Alien Intrusion’ is a fantastic resource for the body of Christ and will certainly help pastors be able to address this and minister from a biblical perspective.”
This movie offers hope for the unsaved
This movie represents the largest undertaking ever for our fledging CMI-US office. And CMI supporters everywhere are being presented not only with a unique opportunity to equip yourselves and your families, but with an easy method to reach others for Christ.
The link for Can/Aust/Nz etc does not work ie https://creation.com/Fan-Force.com.
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Gary Bates responds
As per other replies. All fixed now. It's actually this link https://fan-force.com/films/alien-intrusion/. Cinemas are being added because it is a theatre on demand mode. So you can actually help to host a screening. Thanks.
B L., Australia, 25 December 2017
I have tried the fan force website to see which cinemas/towns this film will be showed at in australia, but i am unable to. if cmi could provide a list of the australian cinemas screening the film, that would be great.
Gary Bates responds
Thanks. All fixed now. It's actually this link https://fan-force.com/films/alien-intrusion/. Cinemas are being added because it is a theatre on demand mode. So you can actually help to host a screening. Thanks.
B L., Australia, 25 December 2017
gary, please put the entire film online (perhaps on cmi's youtube site) for free so that much more people can watch it and share it with others to watch using social media. afterall, isn't it your goal to get as much people to watch it so that they can be shown the truth and be set free? please.
Gary Bates responds
Hi BL, as a show of good faith, in future please submit your full name per the feedback rules you agreed to before commenting on this site.
Why doesn't CMI give away everything for free? There's a common misconception, and something we know from real experience, that it does not automatically follow that a resource will be taken up and shared more if it is free. While it might seem counter-intuitive, for example, even in third-world economies, sometimes we've taken resources for free and seen them gobbled up off our book tables. However, it has been shown that due to the hoarding mentality/principle, such free resources are not likely to be shared more than if someone bought them. So, we always make our resources inexpensive (compared to the normal retail value one would expect), using something like the 'Big Mac' index to make them affordable respective to that country. When someone has to make an investment themselves then they tend to be selective about what they get, and subsequently value it more highly, are more likely to read/watch it, and once they do this and realize the powerful information it contains, then they are more likely to share it with others. In short, if we were just to release this on YouTube for free without much fanfare, I'm sure it would be easily dismissed as some other cheesy production and not be taken seriously. We are not even considering releasing a DVD version anytime in the near future.
Second, there are several reasons why we chose the cinema route with this film (which is a much more costly and labour-intensive exercise BTW). When a creationist movie is on the big screen it send a message that the production values must be high rather than poor quality. Thus, it is more likely to be taken seriously because it is on the silver screen and garners the impression it is more mainstream. Plus, if a Christian buys a ticket for their non-believing friend or family member, such a gift is likely to be more appreciated by the recipient, and one has a 'captive audience', which will help the person inviting garner more of an immediate response which can then be discussed with the guest.
One more thing. When people suggest we give away things for free, we clearly would like to do more of that in certain situations where we think that would work (I don't think this movie and its genre is one of those). But I usually challenge that person by asking, quite frankly, whether they financially support our ministry, or indeed, any Christian ministry. As a publisher I can vouch that even producing one book costs many thousands of dollars in writing, editing (staff time) plus graphic and layout costs. With many resources we often do not even recoup the costs of layout with margins on sales. We are primarily faithfunded which is where most of our financial resources comes from to produce the resources we do.
I hope this gives you a little more insight into the challenges of operating ministries primarily on faith while at the same time trying to determine the best mechanism for spreading quality information and importantly in a quality mechanism to ensure it is taken seriously.
Thanks for the question and the opportunity to explain such things for the benefit of other readers also.
Linden W., New Zealand, 25 December 2017
Hi Team, please note and correct the fact that the link for NZers trying to access the FAN Force site,
the link at the bottom of the article is incorrect. I was able to access the site via a google search, but it would be best is interested parties could go direct from the link at the bottom of the article. May Blessings. I am really looking forward to viewing and promoting this DVD/film.
Gary Bates responds
Per other replies. All fixed now. It's actually this link https://fan-force.com/films/alien-intrusion/. Cinemas are being added because it is a theatre on demand mode. So you can actually help to host a screening. Sorry about the bad link. Thanks.
Marita V., South Africa, 26 December 2017
Hi, will the movie be screened in South Africa? Your article mentions screenings in US, NZ, Aust and Can but not SA. Especially since your answer to one of the comments mentioned that you are not planning a DVD release soon. But I can wait. Hopefully you will have a DVD I can buy in maybe a year or so?
Gary Bates responds
Hi Marita, yes the movie will be screened in SA but just using a different model. Please contact the local office there as you may be able to help in arranging a local screening somewhere.
J. T., United Kingdom, 26 December 2017
I am really looking forward to watching this, as a couple of members of my family have watched these UFO documentaries on the likes of the History channel, including myself before I was saved around seven years ago. How soon will the blu-ray/DVD release be after the theatrical release in America? I'm hoping I will be able to order it soon in the UK.
Gary Bates responds
Josh, the same distributor that is releasing the film in Aust/NZ/Canada is using a cinema-on demand-model so there is nothing from stopping you arranging a screening in the UK if you want to be involved in bringing it to your area. Fan Force will help you and walk you through the process. Of course it will make its way to DVD eventually but it is unlikely to be soon as we have to observe moratorium periods after the cinema release dates. So, I would estimate it won't be until well into next year. However, go to https://fan-force.com/films/alien-intrusion/ and find out how to host an event. It's not as hard as one thinks. People who are keen to have the movie in their local area are already doing this. All the best.
Bill P., United States, 26 December 2017
I am glad to see your understanding of worldview as it determines our interpretation of empirical data. 2 Thessalonians 2: 9-12: "The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (ESV)